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white beam



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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 10:12 pm    Post subject: Blue tit behaviour in the nest Reply with quote

Hello, my first time here Smile This years blue tit family have an extremely busy mum. She spends a great deal of her time, especially in the evening / night, tail up with her head down in the nest 'rummaging around', for want of a better term. What is she up to? Rearranging the chicks? It goes on for quite a while, ten minutes on the last viewing. Then she has a little knap and then she's off again! Would be very interested to find out exactly what she's up to. With thanks
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blueeyedchick



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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there
Your female is cleaning the nest removing the insects that could harm the chicks. Most likely these are the bird flea which they bring in on their feathers and in the nest material. If you have a night vision camera with high definition you can often see these insects rummaging through the material. She may also be removing any faecal matter that has been missed.

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white beam



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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah , interesting, that makes a lot of sense, many thanks. Certainly one year we removed the old nest and brought it into the house to look at and then had to de-flea the sofa!
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Taz



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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a very common sight, ours did it all the time, especially after the chicks don't produce faecal sacs. She will let one go, then the second time she will have a good dig, and it does look quite brutal.
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white beam



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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're right, we saw that behaviour just today! Amazing how much you can learn from a nest box camera. This is our first year with one we can connect to laptop and make recordings from. Its impossible not to be 'emotionally invested' in the little critters lives!
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